By DEBORAH STARKEY
In The Mistress by Danielle Steel, Natasha Leonova’s beauty saved her life.
Discovered on a freezing Moscow street by a Russian billionaire, where she has lived for seven years under his protection, she is surrounded in luxuries while he pursues his activities in a dark world that she guesses at but never sees. Her home is the world, often on one of Vladimir Stanislas’s spectacular yachts manned by scores of heavily armed crew members. Her only job is to keep Vladimir happy, ask no questions, and be discreet. She knows her place and the rules. She feels fortunate to be spoiled and protected and is careful not to dwell on Vladamir’s ruthlessness or the deadly circles he moves in. She experiences only his kindness and generosity and believes he will always keep her safe. In exchange she is unfailingly loyal to him.
Theo Luca is the son of a brilliant, world famous, and difficult artist, Lorenzo Luca, who left his wife and son with a fortune in artwork they refuse to sell. Lorenzo’s widow, Maylis, has transformed their home in St. Paul de Vence into a celebrated restaurant decorated with her late husband’s paintings and treats it like a museum. There, on a warm June evening, Theo first encounters Natasha, the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. And there, Vladimir lays eyes on Luca’s artwork – two dangerous obsessions begin.
Vladimir, enraged that Lorenzo’s paintings are not for sale, is determined to secure a painting at any price. Natasha, who knows that she cannot afford to make even one false move, begins to think of a world of freedom she can never experience as Vladimir’s mistress. She cannot risk her safety for another man, or even a conversation with him, as Theo longs for a woman he can never have.
From Moscow to the Riviera, Paris and London, The Mistress is a tale of fortune, cruelty, creative genius, and daring courage, as relentless individuals map a course for collision! This book shows rarely glimpsed precincts of unimaginable wealth and power, where love and freedom are the most dangerous desires of all.
This book is available in regular and large print.
The library has WV State Tax forms available and Federal forms should be here in the next two weeks. Appointments for tax preparers can be made through the Senior Center in Clarksburg at this time. For those having their taxes done, please remember to bring Social Security numbers for the whole family, last year’s tax return and valid identification. All appointments for this library have been filled.
February Calendar of Events
– “Warriors Book Club” will meet on February 3rd & 17th at 5 p.m. For all ages!!
– “Reading to Rover” will meet on February 6th at 6:30 p.m. For children ages 5-12. Please call to register your child.
– “Wi-fit” meets February 9th & 23rd at 4 p.m. For ages 5th grade and up!
– “Valentine’s Day Craft & Movie” on February 10th at 4 p.m. For all ages.
– “American Girl Club” – date to be announced.
– “Shopkins Club” will meet February 22nd at 5 p.m. For ages 4-12.
New books available for check-out include: “The Mistress” by Danielle Steel; “The Whistler” by John Grisham; “Two by Two” by Nicholas Sparks; “Cross the Line” by James Patterson; “Below the Belt” by Stuart Woods; “Small Great Things” by Stuart Woods; “No Man’s Land” by David Baldacci; “The Sleepwalker” by Chris Bohjalian; “Night School” by Lee Child; “The Wrong Side of Goodbye” by Michael Connelly; “The Woman In Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware and “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.
Lowe Public Library is a valuable community resource and the public is encouraged to utilize it. Patrons will find here an extensive selection of both hardback and paperback signouts as well as magazines, newspapers, reference materials, genealogy information, audio and video materials, online computers for public use, copy/fax/notary services, and a lot of special programs for both children and adults.
Regular library hours are Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday hours continue from 9 a.m. until noon.
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